If you haven't been to the ancient gold and silver mining town of Copala, then go soon. With one of the oldest churches in the area as well as one of the rare examples of Baroque architecture anywhere in southern Sinaloa, its plaza has an untidy appeal about it with a small wrought-iron bandstand in the center and timber supported portales on several sides. The village's unlikely mix of elegant and simple dwellings reflects a growing demand of non-Mexicans seeking the quiet life. It is said that ever since the mines were worked out, the people drifted away to Mazatlan or California in search of jobs. Now that the village has been rejuvenated, and the mine has reopened, along with two good restaurants, Daniel's and The Copala Butter Company. The Posada San Jose, a cheap and tastefully furnished hotel, has been added to this beautiful village to cater the tastes of the hundreds of tourists from Mazatlan brought by large hotel tour companies for a day excursion. Accompanied by guides and pausing to enjoy a rich Mexican meal as well as an enterprisingly staged 'burro' race, most tourist will return to the coast in time for supper. There are still some who have time to stay overnight to enjoy the beauty of something very hard to find anywhere in the modern world, the tranquility and serenity that surrounds them. If you haven't yet been to Copala, then go soon, since its quiet charm, with romantically meandering streets of white walled houses with their characteristic red-tiled roofs, cannot last for ever.